Hey good people, it’s April 1st but we’re not going to fool with you. A few deliveries came in with lots of fresh releases to talk about today, plus restocks and new vinyl added to the rotation here. So let’s get right to it.
Featured New Vinyl Releases
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer/guitarist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme’s enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Both became instantly integral in creating and shaping the Detroit meets Palm Desert by way of old Berlin vibe of Post Pop Depression: Interweaving with and augmenting even more superhuman than expected Iggy vocal performances and Homme’s tapestry of guitar, bass, piano and backing vox, Fertitia’s talent for wringing the most out of only the most essential notes worked in seamless tandem with Helders’ pushing himself and his new bandmates to unforeseeable heights and depths. The result would be a timeless work, one that sounds as if it’s always been there, has existed before any of the musicians were even born-yet imbued with the ramshackle energy of a garage band that threw itself together yesterday.
Lust for Youth – Compassion
Compassion restates beauty for a time of crisis and clickbait. Judgement, design, form, and opinion: to what end will we refine our world if we can’t also make an anthem of our lives? This is the tender conspiracy: I’m on twitter; I have an anthem. Do we have an anthem? We have lust. Let’s meet IRL. Compassion’s first single, “Better Looking Brother” was streamed over 50k times in its first month, capping off a highly successful 2015 of worldwide tours and critical social media updates. Lust For Youth are affectionately vicious, and vulnerably sharp. They are the anticipation of the comedown as you come up on the best you’ve ever been offered from a bathroom stall. This is the spectrum: a low you know, and a dizzy new height.
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Myrrors – Burning Circles In the Sky – REISSUE
Black vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies. The debut album from The Myrrors (Arizona, US), recorded sometime in 2008 prior to the band’s extended hiatus and originally released in a limited run of fifty handmade, screen-printed copies. Features the original lineup of Nik Rayne, Grant Beyschau, and Claira Safi, who also designed the sleeve. This is the 4th pressing of this album.
Public Memory – Wuthering Drum
Public Memory is the solo project of Brooklyn’s Robert Toher, recorded over the course of a year as he lived in Los Angeles temporarily. Previously of the group ERAAS, Robert places a greater emphasis on electronics in this new project. Rhythm is at the forefront, with the tone informed by stripped down, narcotic impressions of krautrock, hypnotic percussion, and subtly layered atmospherics. Spectral vocals meld with delicate piano against hip hop beats and a dub sensibility, conjuring clouded lights, foggy glass in empty buildings, urban wraiths.
To call it minimal would, on the surface, seem appropriate. Wuthering Drum does not need an abundance of flashes and frills to illustrate its point, nor does it need smoke and mirrors to mask a lack of vision. However, repeated listens yield layers of tonal variations, textural nuance, and tastefully placed overdubs.
There is a slightly religious or spiritual element at Wuthering Drum’s core; a sense of being in an existential crisis, while simultaneously being uplifted, in the face of change. This is the search for redemption in a far away place, away from comfort; it is adjustment to an inner dissonance, rather than the washing over of past fears and regrets with sterile holy waters.
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RJD2 – Dame Fortune
The new studio album from RJD2, ‘Dame Fortune’, continues the sonic exploration that was started 14 years ago on his seminal debut ‘Deadringer’. An entirely self-produced and engineered affair, long time vocal collaborations appear here – Blueprint, Son Little (a.k.a. Aaron Livingston, the other half of the Icebird duo), Phonte Coleman and Jordan Brown, along with newcomer Josh Krajcik (runner up on the 2011 season of X_Factor). Always soulful, perpetually psychedelic, this album has found the lost threads connecting Aloe Blacc, Tangerine Dream and King Crimson. From the jagged, angular deconstruction of “A New Theory” and “The Sheboygan Left”, to the poignant elegance of “Peace of What” and “We Come Alive”, ‘Dame Fortune’ further cements RJD2 as a force to be reckoned with behind the boards.
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Elliot Smith – Heaven Adores You OST
Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.
Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note
Mavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music. With Livin’ On A High Note, Mavis Staples has delivered the most joyful and uplifting record of her career. 12 original songs written exclusively for Mavis by some of the finest songwriters of our time including M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tune-yards, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more. At age 76, Mavis Staples shows no signs of slowing down and 2016 is slated to be one of her best years yet.
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New vinyl restocks and additions
Here’s what came in this week to fill out the browsers. Missing in the photo because one delivery came in later than expected are: War on Drugs, Aidan Knight, Dinosaur Jr., Iron and Wine, DIIV, Father John Misty, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Bon Iver.
Stacks of 45s
Since the renovation we have neglected the bin for 45s. Finally we got a couple hundred cleaned up and priced. The photo is only those with picture sleeves, but we’ve put loads more out in plain sleeves, we’ve got more to come too so keep checking in.
If you were born in 45 at some point in 78 you were 33 1/3.